Plant Care Alocasia 'Rugosa'

Alocasia 'Rugosa'

About Alocasia 'Rugosa'

Alocasias, commonly known as Elephant Ears, are some of the most common houseplants although their leaves can reach enormous sizes when grown outdoors! 🐘 They typically only support a few leaves at a time (more, when they get more sun!) so don't be concerned if you see an old leaf begin to retire after a new one emerges. They grow out of underground corms which are similar to bulbs, so next time you repot keep an eye out for baby Alocasias! They contain calcium oxalate crystals so be sure to keep them out of reach if you have children or pets! ⚠️


Alocasia melo

Also known as

A. Melo

How to care for Alocasia 'Rugosa'


How often to water your Alocasia 'Rugosa'

Water needs for Alocasia 'Rugosa'
0.5 cups
every 9

Alocasia 'Rugosa' needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Alocasia 'Rugosa'

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Alocasia 'Rugosa' in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Alocasia 'Rugosa': 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Alocasia 'Rugosa' may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.

Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

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How to fertilize Alocasia 'Rugosa'

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Alocasia 'Rugosa': repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Alocasia 'Rugosa' after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

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Care Summary for Alocasia 'Rugosa'

Alocasia 'Rugosa'

Alocasia 'Rugosa'

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 3ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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